Three faculty honored by the Journal of Business Ethics


August 24, 2011

Steven Lysonski, professor of marketing; Gene Laczniak, professor of marketing; and Edward Inderrieden, associate professor of management, have been honored by the Journal of Business Ethics.

Lysonski has been recognized for his study, “Ethics of Business Students: A Cross-Cultural Comparison," which he authored in 1991. Laczniak and Inderrieden have been recognized for their study, "The Influence of Stated Organizational Concern upon Ethical Decision Making," which they co-authored in 1987. The journal, which is regarded as the leading academic publication in business ethics, has named the papers Citation Classics, which recognizes them among the most cited articles in the journal’s 30-year history.

To celebrate its three decades and more than 100 volumes representing 4,747 published articles, the Journal of Business Ethics is honoring 33 Citation Classics. Each author and/or co-author has been asked to write a brief essay addressing two questions: 1) what, if any, has been the impact of your citation classic on your career? And, 2) what, if any, has been the impact of the Journal of Business Ethics on the field of business ethics?

The Marquette professors’ essays will appear in a forthcoming issue of the journal.

In his study, Lysonski examined the reactions of students from the United States, New Zealand and Denmark when presented with ethical dilemmas. Findings indicated that students' reactions tended to be similar regardless of their country. A comparison of these findings to practicing managers indicated that students and practicing managers exhibit a similar degree of sensitivity to ethical dimensions of business decision-making. The article served as a major catalyst for many other researchers to investigate the universality of ethical behavior.

Laczniak and Inderrieden studied what effect “stated organizational concern” for unethical and illegal behavior had on managers’ decision making. The findings showed that only in the case of suggested illegal behavior tempered by high organizational concern were managers influenced by organizational policy to modify the morality of their actions. However, the responses to the illegal scenarios were significantly “more ethical” than the reactions given to the unethical (but not illegal) situations.

Lysonski, who earned his Ph.D. in marketing at Syracuse University, has also been on the faculty at the University of Rhode Island, Copenhagen School of Business and Economics and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He has published more 60 refereed articles in a variety of leading academic journals. He and fellow Marquette Professor of Marketing Srinivas Durvasula were recently honored with the 2011 Best Paper Award by the Journal of Consumer Marketing for their study titled, “Money, money, money – How do attitudes toward money impact vanity and materialism? – The case of young Chinese consumers.”

Laczniak, who earned his Ph.D. in marketing at the University of Wisconsin, is a former chair of the Marketing Department and was formerly the associate vice president and associate provost for academic affairs at Marquette. A member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Marketing for 15 years, Laczniak continues to serve on four academic journal review boards. He has published more than 100 journal articles and papers.

Inderrieden received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Director of the MBA program, his research has focused on the general areas of attraction, development and retention of human capital. He is currently focusing his research on understanding how top executives act with courage. Inderrieden’s work has appeared in top management journals, and he received Marquette University’s highest award for teaching excellence and has been named a Miles Research Scholar in the College of Business Administration.